Gophers legend announces retirement from NFL
A former Minnesota football legend is retiring from the NFL.
Sunday, Eric Decker, who played for the Gophers from 2006-2009, announced he’ll be retiring from football. He made the announcement in an Instagram post.
“It has been my childhood dream and my passion to play the game of football,” Decker wrote. “I was very fortunate and blessed to have had the opportunity to have those dreams fulfilled and to have played with such extremely talented and hard-working teammates, coaches and staff. This has been a passion inside of me since I was a little boy but I know now it is time to hang up my helmet and start a new chapter in my life.”
Decker played eight seasons in the NFL, spending most of those years with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets. He ended his career with 439 catches for 5,816 yards and 53 touchdowns.
In 2017, Decker played in all 16 games for the Tennessee Titans, hauling in 54 passes for 563 yards and a touchdown.
While at Minnesota, Decker accounted for 227 receptions for 3,119 yards and 24 touchdowns, while appearing in 45 games during his career.
Decker was selected by the Broncos in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft.